James Walker

Brenda Hean: The Lady of the Lake, 2017

acrylic on canvas

112 x 152 cm

From the artist

The Tasmanian government’s plan to flood Lake Pedder in the late 1960s was a turning point in the state’s environmental movement. Brenda Hean became the figurehead of the protest movement to save the lake. In 1972 Hean and her pilot Max Price departed Cambridge airport in a Tiger Moth to fly to Canberra where they planned to write ‘Save the Lake’ in the sky above Parliament House. The aircraft was last spotted from the east coast of Tasmania. To this day no trace of Hean, Price or the aircraft has been found. Conspiracy surrounds their fate.

Artist background

Born 1970. Lives and works in Launceston. Exhibiting since 1995 including solo show at Sawtooth ARI, Launceston 2016. Winner of Wrest Point Art Award, Hobart 2014; Latrobe Council Art Award 2011; and  University Prize for Works on Paper 2008. Finalist in Heysen Prize for Landsacpe Handorf, SA 2016. 

Represented by Handmark Gallery Hobart/Evandale.